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FFmpeg gets its own implementation of Google's VP8 codec

Jun 30, 2010, 17:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"Developers Ronald Bultje, David Conrad, and Jason Garret-Glaser are creating a native VP8 video codec implementation for the open source FFmpeg project. The aim of this effort is to bring first-class VP8 support to FFmpeg and demonstrate the feasibility of producing an independent VP8 implementation.

"The VP8 video codec was developed by On2, a multimedia technology company recently acquired by Google. At the Google I/O developer conference last month, the search giant liberated the VP8 intellectual property and opened its source code to provide a royalty-free codec for the Web that is suitable for widespread use with standards-based HTML5 video. The VP8 codec is thought to be sufficiently competitive with the industry-leading H.264 codec, but it is still unclear whether VP8's status as a patent-unencumbered codec will withstand legal scrutiny."

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